Occupy Charlotte’s quest to prevent enforcement of the City’s new camping ban suffered a setback when Judge Bridges conditionally denied their request for a temporary restraining order. The Judge made clear that the City must permit Occupy to have a single information tent on the Old City Hall lawn provided that no one sleeps in it and that it is not left unattended.
While the outright ban on camping seems to run contrary to the plain language of the ordinance, such is the way of the law. It is important to keep in mind that this is simply a preliminary determination on the matter and a hearing on the merits of Occupy Charlotte’s complaint is still pending. Occupy Charlotte’s battle is far from over, and the Clinic will continue to lend its support to those fighting for free speech.
For more information check out the Charlotte Observer’s article.